1000 Coils of Fear

1000 Coils of Fear

Modern & Contemporary Fiction
Hardback Published on: 10/11/2022
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1000 Coils of Fear
The fear is real
Almost an internal monologue or an interview with herself, the nameless protagonists asks, ponders and and overthinks questions about herself, her situatio... READ MORE
1000 Coils of Fear
Honest Story x
This novel is about the honest truth of what life consists of. It’s multicultural people, abandonment, truth, lies, fear and resilience. The narrator speak... READ MORE
Brena  Newnham


'I have more privilege than any person in my family. And I'm still screwed.' A young woman attends a play about the Berlin Wall coming down, and is the only Black person in the audience.She is sitting with her boyfriend by a bathing lake, and four neo-Nazis show up.She is having sex with a stranger in New York, and Donald Trump wins the US presidential election. Engaging in a witty question and answer with herself, she takes stock of our rapidly changing times, sometimes angry, sometimes amused, sometimes afraid, and always passionate. And she tells the story of her family: Her mother, a punk in former East Germany who never had the freedom she dreamed of. Her Angolan father, who returned to his home country before she was born to start a second family. Her grandmother, whose life of obedience to party principles brought her prosperity and security but not happiness. And her twin brother, who took his own life at the age of nineteen.Heart-rending, opinionated and wry, Olivia Wenzel's remarkable debut novel is a clear-sighted investigation into origins and belonging, the roles society wants to force us into and why we need to resist them, and the freedoms and fears that being the odd one out brings.'So exuberant, inventive, brainy, sensitive and hilarious that it's like a pyrotechnic flare illuminating the whole woman, past and present, radiant, unique, a voice and a novel to take with us into the future.' FRANCISCO GOLDMAN, author of Monkey Boy'Bold and exceptional . . . Her impressive writing, born of a brilliant mind, surprises - stylistically, and by its frankness and associations . . . I rode in the passenger seat, beside the beauty and strangeness of 1000 Coils of Fear.' LYNNE TILLMAN, author of Men and Apparitions and Mothercare 'An audacious and disturbing novel.' MICHELLE DE KRETSER, author of Scary Monsters 'An exciting, confident debut.' Publishers Weekly'Impressive, relentless, tender.' Faz

  • Publisher: Dialogue
  • ISBN: 9780349702025
  • Number of pages: 288
  • Weight: 500g
  • Dimensions: 236 x 160 x 30 mm

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1000 Coils of Fear
Multilayered novel with an intense journey of loss, sorrow, anger, joy and hope
Olivia Wenzel wrote a fascinating and multilayered novel with an intense journey of loss, sorrow, anger, joy and hope through the poetic style of writing w... READ MORE
1000 Coils of Fear
This book is one filled with thoughts and views on multiculturalism. The narrator is black, comes from East Germany and her mother is white. Her father is ... READ MORE
Daren Kearl